Thursday, December 1, 2011
Architecture and Agrifuture
Architecture and "Agrifuture"
What did I see growing in the planters of Tomorrowland!
Tomorrowland embodies the Space Age and the optimistic advancement of humanity, promising the day when we will touch the stars. Marvel at the bold rings and sweeping spires. The "Googie" architecture — a space age look that was enormously popular during the 1950s — first appeared in Tomorrowland in 1959.
Shiny orbs, kinetic sculptures, metallic finishes and mechanical touches also raise your sights skyward, lending a feeling of otherworldliness to the attraction architecture. Further, the plants in Tomorrowland are meant to be edible! The visionary landscaping doubles as a potential farm, projecting an ecologically astute future, where humanity ,makes the most of its resources.
It's a great big beautiful tomorrow — here, in Tomorrowland!
The above is from the Disneyland.com website. It confirms what I've known for years. There are real fruit and vegetables growing in the planters of Tomorrowland!
There are planted and potted trees of various kinds. I've seen lemon, orange, crab apple and loquat trees! In the large planters I've seen strawberries, cabbage, lettuce, peppers and cauliflower growing. On the fencing of the Autopia and Tomorrowland Train Station I've seen grapes ripening in the sun.
Why would Disneyland plant editable plants instead of just the "normal" stuff? Disney wanted to show that the world of Tomorrow makes use of it's resources.
I've asked what happens to the fruit and vegetables that grow in the Tomorrowland gardens. I've not been able to get an clear or conclusive answer. I have had a few cast members say they have taken some of the food home to enjoy.
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